Haitian singer Michael Benjamin, known by the stage name Mikaben, died Saturday evening during a concert at the Accor Arena in Paris, victim of a malaise at the age of 41 , announced the performance hall on Sunday.
Mikaben, who performed with the Haitian music group kompa Carimi, “died following an illness on stage and despite the emergency response,” the Accor Arena team said on Twitter, saying it was “terribly affected” by this news.
Ou pati… 🕊 rest in peace @mikaben 💔. You leave a big void in the world of Haitian music #Kompa. Sincere condolences to the Benjamin family, thoughts to all those who knew and loved him. #carimi #accorarena #ripmikaben #Ayiti #Haiti #Paris https://t.co/u4vpwFDlY2
— Céline Castera (@CCCastera) October 16, 2022
The concert was interrupted and the hall was then evacuated, according to several testimonies.
Can't believe he's gone before our eyes #Carimi #Mikaben pic.twitter.com/IZmJiamvEo
— NOTORIU$👑 (@Olynckaa) October 15, 2022
According to videos posted on social media, the singer suddenly collapsed when leaving the stage in full swing.< /p>
He had been invited by the group Carimi, formed in the 2000s, on the occasion of a unique concert in France.
I am devastated by the news of the sudden death of the young and very talented artist Michael Benjamin “Mikaben”. It is a great reference of Haitian music that has just died out.
— Dr Ariel Henry (@DrArielHenry) October 15, 2022
“He is a great reference in Haitian music that has just passed away. The country and Haitian youth have lost a beautiful soul,” Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry tweeted on Sunday.
Born in Port-au-Prince in 1981 and son of singer Lionel Benjamin, Mikaben was a singer , composer and producer. He had performed several hit songs with the group Carimi, including “Baby I Missed You” or “Fanm sa Move”.
Lapli yan fenk komanse la !!!☔️☔️ “FÈ LAPLI “ AVAILABLE KOUNYA SOU CHÈN YOUTUBE MWEN !! ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️ Fanatik Mikaben yo ane sa se pou nou li ye!! ENJOY 🔥🔥🔥🔥 #Mika2040 #Mikaben #Kennyhaiti @KennyHaiti pic.twitter.com/GqhByjTwQa
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